2016 Hispanic Festival


The Hispanic Festival  is the premier annual celebration of the rich heritage of the Hispanic community in Grand Rapids, Michigan!  The 39th edition is free of charge and will take place on Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. ( Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th)


5-7: Bengala vs. Los Pikudos (cumbia vs Norteño)
730-930: Las Fenix (Norteño)
930-1030: Andy Galvez (Regional Mexican)
1030-1130: Lalo Cura (rock)


1-2: Andres 123 (Childrens Music) **Latin Grammy Nominee

2-3: Folklorico South Haven

3-4: Unico Flow Latino (Bachata)

4-5: Latinos Klan

5-6: BANDA EXPLOSION (merengue band from Chicago, IL)

630-7: dj dave alvarez

7-8: Monchy y Nathalia (bachata)
8-9: La Furia Del Ritmo (cumbia & Merengue)

9-930: Xsizim (EDM)

930-945- Louis

945-1130:5 En Clave (salsa, bachata, merengue)

info:  http://hispanic-center.org/hispanic-festival/


West Michigan Jazz Weekend

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Shoreline Jazz Festival, Heritage Landing, Muskegon, Bob James & Spyro Gyra & friends

Tickets http://www.shorelinejazzfestival.com or at the door, in downtown Muskegon

Jazz in the Park, Hackley Park, in Muskegon with Alexander Zonjic & friends, 5-9 pm

John Shea at JW Marriott, 6-10 pm

Robin Connell Jazz Trio at Amway Garden Court Bar, 7-11 pm

Laurie Sears & Peter Tolias, at Pine Hill Garden Café, Torch Lake, 6:30-8:30 pm

Terry Lower Trio with Edye Evans Hyde at Clara’s on the River, Battle Creek, 6-10 pm


Shoreline Jazz Festival, Muskegon, after party Jam at Holiday Inn, Harbor Hotel (231) 722-0100

John Shea at Noto’s, 7-10 pm


Randy Marsh at SpeakEZ, with friends 7-10 pm, Open Jam 8:30 -10 pm

Hugye, Beavan, Schock Jazz Trio at New Harmony Hall, Stocking & Bridge NW 2-4 pm

Mark Kahny at Marro’s Italian Restaurant, Piano Bar, Saugatuck, 6-10 pm

John Shea at New Holland Brewing Co, in Holland, 6-9 pm

Jeff Haas Trio at West Beach Holiday Inn, Traverse City, 7-9:30 pm

WMFVA is bringing in filmmaker Amy Heckerling in September…


Amy Heckerling, award-winning writer and director, is scheduled to lead the West Michigan Film Video Alliance’s 2016 Visiting Film Artist Series (VFAS) on September 9 & 10. Heckerling’s talent and contribution to the film industry has been recognized with a National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Writer’s Guild of America Best Screenplay Written Directly for Screen, Women in Film Crystal Awards, and the American Film Institute Franklin J. Schaffner Award.

Celebration! Cinema North is the VFAS venue partner for the event, ensuring a state-of-the-art film viewing experience for the Friday evening screening, with the workshop and luncheon held in the versatile and spacious Wave Room on Saturday afternoon.

Event schedule at a glance:

 Friday, Sept.  9               WMFVA Members $10; non-members $15        

7-9pm                               Film screening Clueless and Q&A with Amy Heckerling

9-10pm                            Reception and meet and greet with Amy Heckerling


Saturday, Sept. 10          WMFVA Members $75; non-members $85

11:30am                           Registrant sign in opens

12-1pm                             Luncheon with Amy Heckerling

1-3pm                               Workshop with Amy Heckerling “A Filmmaker’s                                             Perspective: Battle Scars and Victory Laps”

3-3:30pm                        Wrap-up social with refreshments


Space is limited. Register soon! Visit www.wmfva.org for details.

Kathy Lamar @ One Trick Pony

Kathy Lamar
The incredible vocal style of Ms. Kathy LaMar leaves you captured, mesmerized and wanting more.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kathy has made her home in Las Vegas. With a soothing sound to calm your every mood and take your breath away, her music, her enthusiasm and her heart felt desire to entertain audiences from all over is evident in each and every performance.
Her style ranges from Billy Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Anita Baker, Tina Turner, Toni Braxton, Sade, Ella Fitzgerald and the list goes on and on. Her sultry Jazz, R&B and Blues sound, Kathy can please everyone in the crowd. There is always something for everyone!!
Kathy has worked through out the Las Vegas area in local hotel and casino lounges entertaining audiences on a nightly basis. She is well known throughout Las Vegas as one half of the duo “TEX & KATHY”, who performed around town and primarily at “Play it Again Sam’s” for over 5 years. Gathering a huge following locally.
Kathy has had the opportunity to record some original material and travel the world sharing her God given gift with everyone!
August 17, 2016
8:00 p.m.
No Cover
One Trick Pony
Grill & Taproom
136 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI
616-235-PONY (7669)
one trick

Things Happening in GR This Weekend

I am excited to share some announcements public viewing opportunities for the coming Aug 5-7 weekend (in addition to Movies in the Park showing of Edward Scissorhands).

FIRST – Beginning Friday evening, August 5th at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapidians will come together under a banner of international brotherhood to celebrate the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on a beautiful 40’ video wall that features precision picture quality.  All weekend long, citizens can find the WOODTV8 Olympic coverage available on this big (gigantic!) screen in Downtown Grand RapidsThe event is free and open to the public. Please consider bringing lawn chairs and a picnic. No alcohol is permitted.  This weekend of viewing opportunities is made possible by a partnership of WOOD TV8, LiveSpace, The City of Grand Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.

THEN Saturday, August 6th – during a break in Olympic broadcasting – DGRI will provide an outdoor screening of Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character. The recently released documentary film tells the story of how President Ford’s character – and Grand Rapids upbringing – influenced decisions that helped shape and define the future of the United States and world.

The film was conceived and commissioned by the Peter F. Secchia Family of Grand Rapids to showcase the significant role President Ford played in the healing and revitalization of our nation through a challenging period in American history.  The show begins at 7 PM on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Rosa Parks Circle in Downtown Grand Rapids. Like the Olympic programming, this event is also free and open to the public. Please consider bringing lawn chairs and a picnic. No alcohol is permitted.

This excellent documentary will play – rain or shine – on the aforementioned very large and impressive outdoor video wall.  The program is presented by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. in partnership with Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Executive Producer Peter Secchia, LiveSpace and WOOD TV 8.  Click here for more information about the documentary film: http://geraldrfordfoundation.org/gerald-r-ford-a-test-of-character/


Jazz in the Park- August 1, 2016

August 1 – Mary Rademacher Reed

Mary is a long time local favorite. She always pleases the audience with her singing and dancing, but her many talents also include acting and choreography. She works with many school play groups and with Civic Theater where she is working on “Cats” this season. Mary is an important part of the nationally touring performance group, the Boogie Woogie Babies. Mary was voted Jazz Musician of the year 2006.


6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Food Trucks on Premise!